New Mexico's Pet ResourceSUMMER 2004

by Richard "The Bugman" Fagerlund and Holly Kern

What is it about some people that they have to mistreat animals or other people? Animal shelters are full of dogs and cats that were in abusive homes or were just abandoned. There are shelters in our city and in every city in the country where women and children have to find shelter from abusive people, usually husbands or boyfriends in the case of women or parents in the case of children. Manís ability to abuse animals, women and children is not a new phenomena; it dates back to the origin of our species and it is getting worse as we evolve.

Recently Holly and I went to a dog walk in Corrales where a number of animal rescue groups brought abused and otherwise rescued dogs for a half day of fun in the sun. It started out with a three-mile walk, which was very enjoyable even if the little dog we were walking, ran out of gas and had to be carried back to the starting point. Later in the day a small puppy, that was abandoned in Gallup, New Mexico, ran up to Holly and started kissing her. Then the puppy did the same with me. It didnít require a lot of convincing to adopt this little ball of love. We took her home and introduced her to Silvia, Buddy and Fluffy, our cats. The meeting went well and they all got along.

All of our cats were also abandoned or abused animals as well. We also have a rat that escaped from a medical laboratory and was living in a dumpster and a king snake that was horribly abused by its original owner. Apparently the spirits of all these animals can connect and communicate with each other as they all get along fine.

Sacajawea was a young Shoshone woman who led Lewis and Clark on their expedition to find the Northwest Passage. She was married to a creep named Toussaint Charbonneau, a misfit who continually abused her. Sacajawea was a very talented and intelligent young woman who was instrumental in helping Lewis and Clark attain their dream of exploring the west.

A previous owner abused the little dog that Holly adopted before she was abandoned. She is a very gentle and very intelligent little princess, who, like Sacajawea did with Lewis and Clark, has made an imprint in our hearts in the short time she has been in our home. As Sacajawea helped Lewis and Clark find their destiny, our little dog will help Holly and I continue to fight for the welfare of animals of any species, including our own. Our little dog may not speak several Native American dialects, but she communicates quite clearly through her spirit and soul and we can understand her and we know what is in her heart.

We have to fight the abuse of animals and people on all levelsóin our neighborhoods and in our country and around the world We have to make sure that anyone who is abused is given the ability to overcome their abuse and accomplish whatever their heart tells them to. We have to make sure that any animal that is abused will be given the opportunity to live their lives as the Creator ordained and not be subjected to living in tyranny. We have to do away with animal fighting for fun and profit. We have to do away with the hideousness of factory farming. We have to do away with the barbarism of clubbing and skinning alive baby seals for prurient profit. We have to do away with abject cruelty to animals in all its forms and we have to do away with our predilection to overpower and abuse people weaker than us.

Sacajawea is a wonderful example of an abused woman who elevated herself into the history books through her love, her intelligence and her perseverance. Our puppy, who was abused, will help Holly and I accomplish what we are ordained to do; fight abusive people everywhere and stand up for animals that have no voice, except to scream in terror.

Holly named the little princess of a dog Sacajawea. We will fulfill the destiny Sacajawea, both the woman and the puppy, have ordained us to do.

Richard Fagerlundís and Holly Kernís new book on cockfighting is now available. Please contact the Bugman for more information about it. Viki Elkey, Johnna Strange and I are also working on a book about cockfighting, dogfighting, factory farming and other forms of animal cruelty. We would be interested in opinions regarding these activities from people around the world.

Richard Fagerlund, B.C.E., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 87131 (E-mail:; Cell: (505) 440-8288;;
HOME ADDRESS (send bugs here): P. O. Box 1173, Corrales, NM, 87048)

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesnít merely try to train him to be
semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself t o the possibility of becoming partly a dog. - Edward Hoagland

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